A personal quest to promote the use of wind energy and hydrogen technology in the Great Lakes area of the United States. The Great Lakes area is in a unique position to become an energy exporting region through these and other renewable energy technologies. *Update 2014: Just do it everywhere - Dan*
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Analysis: White House shaped electricity costs in Q2
CleanNERC to promote clean energy's role in grid resiliency | Analysis: White House shaped electricity costs in Q2 | Report: Mass. clean energy legislation would create 1,800 jobs
GridLab and Grid Strategies have introduced CleanNERC, an educational outreach group that will raise awareness about clean energy technology and its potential to enhance grid reliability. "We look forward to partnering with CleanNERC to build on the wind industry's history of being good citizens of the grid and working with system operators and planners to provide clear rules of the road so wind can continue to contribute to system reliability and resilience," says American Wind Energy Association Senior Director of Electricity and Transmission Policy Sari Fink.
The actions of the Trump administration had a huge impact on energy prices during the second quarter, affecting oil, coal, solar and wind, writes Peter Maloney. American Wind Energy Association Senior Director John Hensley noted that falling wind costs continue to drive demand among utility and nonutility buyers, resulting in a 34-gigawatt pipeline of projects under development as of April.
A bill under consideration in the Massachusetts legislature to ramp up offshore wind and the use of renewables, if enacted, would create 1,800 jobs, infuse $3.4 billion into the state's economy over 12 years and curb greenhouse gas emissions without raising costs for residents, say the Applied Economics Clinic and the Sustainable Energy Advantage. "By building on the commonwealth's current approach to clean energy development, these policies would bring new jobs and GDP growth to Massachusetts," adds lead author Elizabeth Stanton, AEC's founder and director.
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E.ON has kicked off operations at the 306-megawatt Radford's Run project in Macon County, Ill., featuring 139 2.2-MW turbines from Vestas, said the company. The project is expected to infuse more than $59 million into the county via tax payments.
Wisconsin utility WEC Energy has agreed to purchase a majority 80% interest in Invenergy's 132-megawatt Bishop Hill 3 project in Illinois for $148 million, said the companies. The project has a 22-year power purchase agreement with WPPI Energy for 100% of its output.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won a contract to supply a 15-wind farm complex in Brazil with a total of 136 turbines for a combined capacity of 471 megawatts, says Siemens Gamesa. It noted the deal marks its largest supply contract in Brazil to date.
Vestas and offshore wind services firm Maersk Supply Service have unveiled a partnership through which they will seek to lower the cost of transporting and installing offshore wind machines. "The challenge for the industry is that installation and logistics around the turbines become a greater share of the costs," says Vestas Senior Vice President of Innovation and Concepts Bo Svoldgaard.
The American Society of Safety Professionals has used stakeholder input to develop and publish a written standard for protecting turbine workers during the construction and demolition of wind farms, says the group. The American National Standards Institute approved the guidelines in April.
Yarmouth, Mass., should enter a partnership with Vineyard Wind to support the spread of clean energy throughout the area, writes Jan Kubiac of West Yarmouth. Kubiac is a member of the bipartisan Citizens' Climate Lobby and argues a "carbon fee-and-dividend system will give fossil fuel companies an incentive to invest in renewable energy and remind all of us to be energy-efficient."
Over the past month, E2, a national, nonpartisan business group and partner of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), published three jobs reports: Clean Jobs America, Clean Jobs Colorado and Clean Jobs Pennsylvania. The reports show wind is creating new career opportunities for thousands of Americans.
A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.
Chinua Achebe, writer and professor
These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.